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John “J.B.” Morrison

September 17, 2012

“The Flyin’ Hawaiian”, Mr. John Bremner “J.B.” Morrison, passed away on August 28, 2012 in Seattle at the age of 61. John was born on Feb. 24, 1951 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of John Aina and Priscilla Keakealani (Mahoe) Morrison.
He was raised in the Valley of Nuuanu and attended the Kamehameha School, from which J.B. was a proud alumni. At the age of 13, J.B. moved to Long Beach, CA where he resided with his father and completed his high school education in 1969.
While attended Columbia College in Portland, OR. J.B. met Kathleen Diane Darty. They were wed in February 1972 after relocating to Colville, where they began a family and raised their four children, Kimo, Boo, Kanani and Kimi.
J.B. and Kathleen divorced in 1990. In 1995, J.B. married his soulmate and close friend, Sharon Heise. They blended two beautiful families into one.
J.B. began his 36-year career with UPS in 1977. Dubbed, “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”, he miraculously maintained the “Safe Driving Award” for 35 years. In 2011, after 36 years of devoted and dedicated service to UPS, his community and the custom­ers on his route, J.B. celebrated his retirement with an open invitation Luau. Soon after, J.B. was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and he began a courageous battle for his health.
His generosity, kindness, sense of humor and chivalry was ever-present and undaunted, even during his illness.
J.B. had a deep love for his family, Hawaiian heritage and music. He embraced and expressed all three of these with his home-grown gourds. Creating Hawaiian style, hand-crafted gourds, and Ipu drums for family and friends was a great joy of his. J.B. cherished playing and singing with family, and friends his Hawaiian music and melodies. He also enjoyed his time in the garden.
J.B. celebrated the 4th of July by lighting the evening skies with his well- supplied fireworks and occasional custom crea­tions. Halloween was another of his favorite holidays with his gourd Jack-O-Lanterns and bountiful candy supply. He had a lifelong quest for speed, a love for martial arts, and a refined sweet tooth for “good” chocolate.
Inspiring, encouraging and supporting youth was captured through his work with church youth groups, Big Brother, fos­ter parenting and personal adoption. J.B. taught countless free admission Karate classes. He also was a proud and active member of the Pacific Islanders Club.
This July, J.B beautifully organized the 2012 Morrison-Ma­hoe Reunion in Maui, Hawaii, where he enjoyed his time with friends and family. He offered his love without reservation and received it equally in return.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Priscilla Keakealani Mahoe Morrison and by his father, John Aina Morrison.
J.B.’s loving legacy continues through his wife of 17 years, Sharon; his children, Kimo Morrison and wife, Nikole; Boo Morrison and wife, Alicia; Kanani Coleman and her husband, Homer, and Kimi, Alice Heise and her husband, Kevin Cudde­back; Liberty Heise and her husband, Gary Poole; Sheena Heise and partner James Niedhardt; Harlan Heise and partner, Courtney Haynes; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tarrynn, Thailer, Trevor, Takoda, Terrance, Jesse, Keeley, Maile, Kalea, Kellan, Kai, Elsie, Bea, Micah, and newly arriving baby, Simon; sis­ters, Keakealani and her husband, B.J.; Kahau and partner, Sally; brother, Coelho and his wife, Pua; Auntie, Hazel Mahoe; cousins, Kalele, Moku, Keonaona, Kuamoo, Aulani and Haa­heo.
The funeral service for Mr. John Bremner “J.B.” Morrison will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Colville High School gymnasium with cremation to follow the service. All are welcome to attend the potluck, pig roast and Celebratory Luau at 2 p.m., at the Stevens County Fairgrounds (Newell Wilson building--Hawaiian attire recommended at both service and Luau).
Memorial contributions may be given to the www.americancancersociety.com for cancer research.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.

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